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Story by Angela Reeves
Photography by Kristen Mayfield
Before Photography by Bruce Davis

When Addye and Ryan Stokes bought their new home in 2019 in Barrington Manor Subdivision, they planned on completing some light renovations with new paint and cosmetic upgrades. They hired Tara Coomer with Coomer & Co to help with the upgrades and after several meetings and renderings from Tara, decided to transform the house and living space into the modern style retreat they had been looking for. 

“Through complete trust we allowed Tara and her Assistant Designer Meaghan to use their creativity and expertise to select paint, wallpaper, cabinets, countertops, floorcoverings, fixtures, furniture, accessories and so much more,” Addye said. The Stokes were looking for a modern feel, in keeping with some of the traditional executive style when the house was built in 2002. Tara was able to give them a design which was transitional with an edge.

“With the homeowners’ taste being a little more playful, we definitely wanted to push it a little bit and do some fun things,” said Tara. “It needed to feel comfortable and livable and mixing that with high style elements, but they really pushed wanting it to feel different, staying true to who they are.”

Remodels can be tough projects. With this house having traditional “bones” they kept many things classic, but with added a twist. “The Stokes are young and stylish, and they wanted their home to represent them and the things they love,” said Tara. After seven months of renovations, the final product was a beautiful home which feels connected and cohesive. “Addye allowed us to use lots of great, unique wallpaper to set the design apart and it’s one element we for sure love,” said Tara, adding, “There are so many fun and unique design elements added to the home, like the living room chairs, the custom century bed in the master, the unique tile in many areas and the window treatments that really elevated the overall vibe.” 

Addye is a hairdresser at Friendz Salon and Color Studio, and Ryan is the CFO at Stewart Richey Construction. Their three-year-old son, Nash, attends Smart Start Christian Academy three days a week and loves spending the other two days with his Lollie and Poppy. As a family they enjoy boating, camping, beach trips, attending WKU football and basketball games, and attending Hillvue Heights Church. As many young families find, their day to day is busy and their time together at home is invaluable. They try to enjoy as much time together as a family as they can. Addye loves to cook and with their previous home having a small kitchen, they knew this was a major focus of the remodel. She loves to teach Nash the basics of cooking, and they love to start and end their day in the kitchen as a family. “We enjoy being able to talk and discuss how our day has been and enjoy listening to Nash’s wild stories,” said Addye.

Their dining room table was made by Addye’s dad, John H Orndorff, who loves to create and build pieces of furniture for families to enjoy for years and years. Tara found the design she wanted to have in this space and John took the design and made it his own. “We absolutely love that this table will always be a part of our family,” said Addye. Nash loves to be outdoors playing ball, running, swimming and anything that makes him dirty. They love the larger lots in Barrington Manor, the wildlife they get to enjoy roaming through the backyard in the mornings, the quiet scenery, and friendly neighbors. This spring they will be able to focus on the outdoors of the home and yard to complete the total renovation, tying in all the elements they enjoy. They will be painting the exterior of the house, adding new shutters, gutters, down spouts, a big copper chimney cap and landscaping.

The Stokes home wouldn’t have come together without the collaboration and execution from these great partners, turning vision into reality:

TILE WORK: Just Tile It and Blue Grass Tile Works
CABINETRY: Creative Wood Design
WALLPAPER: David Alexander
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND INTERIOR DESIGN: Tara Coomer and Meaghan Boenig Coomer & Co | 1111 Shive Lane, Bowling Green, KY
@coomerandco | [email protected]

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